Articles by Mal Leary

Rep. Drew Gattine, D-Westbrook, co-chairs the Appropriations Committee

Legislature looks to pare down $1 billion in bond proposals to $150 million allowed in budget

By Mal Leary on July 17, 2017, at 6:44 p.m.
The budget recently passed under the duress of a state shutdown includes enough money to support just $150 million a year in new bonds.
Tim Rich

Bar Harbor restaurateur to run for 2nd District seat

By Mal Leary on July 06, 2017, at 11:56 a.m.
Rich will formally kick off his campaign next month.
 Susan Collins (R-ME) speaks to reporters after Senate Republicans unveiled their version of legislation that would replace Obamacare on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., on June 22, 2017.

Collins: Health care bill needs significant changes to win her support

By Mal Leary on June 30, 2017, at 7:32 a.m.
Collins said she’s waiting to see what changes to the initial draft might be put forth on Friday.

Ranked-choice voting amendment fails in House

By Mal Leary on June 23, 2017, at 4:20 p.m.
Elections officials and lawmakers in both parties fear that without a fix, the law voters passed last November will be repealed.
Former Maine Gov. John McKernan

Public reaction to 1991 Maine government shutdown: ‘We want his head’

By Mal Leary on June 21, 2017, at 10:27 a.m.
Out-of-work state employees were not getting paid, could not get unemployment and were angry.
Sen. Eric Brakey, R-Auburn

Lawmakers ax bill to take state aid away from immigrants

By Mal Leary on June 09, 2017, at 8:10 p.m.
State Sen. Brownie Carson, a Democrat from Harpswell, said the bill would hurt those most in need of help.

Committee split on party lines over 2-year state budget

By Mal Leary on June 03, 2017, at 8:42 a.m.
“We all want Maine to be No. 1 in lots of things, but being No. 1 in how much we tax job creators is not one of them.”
USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) is floated from the dock for the first time during its October 2015 christening at Bath Iron Works.

Maine senators question Trump’s proposed shipbuilding budget

By Mal Leary on May 24, 2017, at 12:54 p.m.
At stake are jobs at Maine’s Bath Iron Works.
Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe and Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo testify before the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Maine senators question acting FBI director

By Mal Leary on May 11, 2017, at 4:07 p.m.
“Is this a small investigation in relation all the other work that you are doing?” King asked McCabe.
Maine Attorney General Janet Mills

Maine AG Mills joins fight against Trump environmental proposals

By Mal Leary on April 30, 2017, at 11:04 a.m.
Maine Attorney General Janet Mills has joined Democratic colleagues from other states in filing legal challenges aimed at stopping the Trump administration from weakening environmental regulations.
Medical marijuana is shown in a jar in Seattle, Washington, Jan. 27, 2012.

Lawmakers have lots of ideas for spending proceeds from taxing pot sales

By Mal Leary on March 26, 2017, at 7:52 a.m.
When recreational marijuana is available for retail sale in Maine sometime next year, it will generate an estimated $12 million per year in tax revenue.
Handguns are offered for sale at Maine Military Supply in Holden.

Bill would allow adults under 21 to carry concealed weapons

By Mal Leary on March 18, 2017, at 11:04 a.m.
Maine allows people 21 and older to carry a concealed firearm without a permit, but lawmakers are considering a measure that would lower that age to 18.
Paul McCarrier of Medical Marijuana Caregivers shows a cannabis plant at the Home Grown Maine Medical Marijuana Trade Show in 2014.

Mainers still have no clue how legal marijuana will work

By Mal Leary on Feb. 28, 2017, at 7:48 p.m.
There are many unanswered questions around how the fee and taxing scheme outlined in the citizens initiative will actually work.
Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew.

Mayhew outlines $4.8 million plan for opioid treatment

By Mal Leary on Feb. 23, 2017, at 7:33 p.m.
Maine DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew told lawmakers that the $4.8 million plan would provide treatment services for about 400 additional Mainers
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage asks for changes in minimum wage, education ballot initiatives

By Mal Leary on Nov. 28, 2016, at 5:37 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage is asking the next Legislature to make changes in both laws, but some leaders in Augusta said they’re reluctant to second guess the will of the voters.
Ricker Hamilton is the Deputy Commissioner of Programs for the Maine Department of Health and Human Services and former director of the Office of Aging and Disability Services.

New Riverview unit hits roadblock

By Mal Leary on Oct. 27, 2016, at 5:09 p.m.
The LePage administration’s plan to build a new facility for mentally ill patients next to the Riverview Psychiatric Center has hit another roadblock.
Handguns are seen for sale in a display case at Metro Shooting Supplies in Bridgeton in this November 2014 file photo.

State of Maine auctioning off over 150 firearms

By Mal Leary on Oct. 22, 2016, at 9:45 a.m.
The state expects to net as much as $30,000 from the auction.

Democrats off to fast start with absentee voting

By Mal Leary on Oct. 18, 2016, at 7:56 p.m.
Requests for absentee ballots are on pace to top the number in the presidential contest of four years ago and according to reports, more Democrats are requesting them than Republicans.
Emily Cain

Emily Cain denies Republican Party’s assertions about her budget support

By Mal Leary on Oct. 12, 2016, at 5:52 p.m.
The Maine Republican Party has unearthed a video from Democrat Emily Cain’s primary campaign in 2014.
 Federal and local law enforcement chat after a round-table discussion about terrorist attacks in Bangor in this February 2016 file photo.

Maine leaders ask residents to be ‘ears and eyes’ of terrorist watch

By Mal Leary on Sept. 13, 2016, at 5:59 p.m.
“If we see danger, report it. And it’s that simple.”